My wife only likes turkey for her burgers. So we do not have burgers too often, but when we do, I use ground turkey, and sometimes, ground chicken. The big difference between using turkey or beef is that turkey requires more flavor additions. When using beef, the beef has a lot of flavor and beyond adding salt and pepper, not much needs to be added. However, when using turkey, flavor really needs to be added if you want to have a savory dining experience.
Mexican Turkey Burgers
This Mexican Turkey Burgers recipe took advantage of two cooking tricks. First, using great spices including New Mexican chili powder, smoked paprika and the secret ingredient is Sunny Oaxaca – an ancho coffee rub. I am totally in love with this spice. I have used it in a number of recipes. I have been using it as a rub on the outside of my dishes. It has such a cool and distinct taste. It is really difficult to describe but it is smoky, a little spicy and that coffee aroma. The second technique I used to add flavor was to sauté the onions, peppers and leeks in spices before mixing them into the ground turkey.
I have made a number of turkey burgers including an Indian Turkey Burger, a number of Mexican Burgers and a more traditional burger with grilled onions, smoked gouda cheese and BBQ sauce. In each of these burgers, the bottom line is the addition of bold yet complimentary ingredients to make the turkey burger satisfying to even a tried and true beef burger lover.
The spices, vegetables in the skillet, and then, sautéed vegetables.
The onions, leeks and peppers added to ground turkey, and then, the burgers formed.
The burgers being grilled in a cast iron skillet and topped with the cheese.
The Mexican Turkey Burger plated.
- 1 1/4 pounds ground turkey
- 1 leek, diced
- 1/4 red onion, diced
- 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 1 tablespoon grape seed oil
- 1 tablespoon Sunny oaxaca seasoning
- 1 tablespoon New Mexico Chili powder
- 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 teaspoons black pepper
- 4 buns
- 4 tomato slices
- 1 avocado, sliced
- 2 pieces romaine lettuce, cut in half
- 6 - 8 slices smoked gouda
- 1/2 cup spicy barbecue sauce
- Heat a cast iron skillet on medium heat and heat the oil.
- Add the vegetables to the skillet.
- Combine the spices and to the vegetables. Saute for about 3 - 4 minutes until the veggies just become soft.
- Allow the veggies to cool a little. Add to the ground turkey and mix well.
- Form into 4 good size patties.
- In the same skillet spice with the vegetables, add the grape seed oil and cook until well heated.
- Add the burgers and cook for 5 - 6 minutes per side.
- In the final minute of cooking, add the cheese to the burgers.
- Let the burgers rest for 1 – 2 minutes.
- Assemble the sandwich
- Begin with the lettuce and add the burger.
- Top with tomato and 2 or 3 slices of the avocados.
- Finish with the barbecue sauce.
- Serve and enjoy!